29 April 2007

Sunday savings

*Hung the washing over the clotheshorses because believe it or not it's actually raining. Water is falling out of the sky. Hooray!

*Unexpected visitors for lunch so added some TVP to the curry and made a batch of cheese muffins to stretch it. Very pleased with this, the curry was leftovers from the freezer. Just what we needed for a wet, cloudy Melbourne Sunday.

*While I was on a muffin making roll I made it a double batch to freeze for lunches and whipped up a lemon meringue pie for dessert. I found a few frozen lemon juice ice cubes while I was digging in the freezer for the curry. Wayne loves lemon meringue so he's happy too.

*After our guests left I tackled the pile of mending. What do boys do that they rip the seat of their pants so often? All easy thank goodness. Trousers mended, ironed and back in the cupboards waiting to be worn.

*The house is feeling a little chilly so I put on a jumper and pair of socks instead of turning on the heater. It would have been easy to flick the thermostat but it's much cheaper to put on warmer clothes.

25 April 2007

Anzac biscuits

Ingredients:
100g (4 oz) butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup
2 tablespoons of boiling water
1 and a half tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda
1 cup of rolled oats
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup (4 oz ) plain flour
1 cup (8 oz ) of sugar
Method:
Combine all dry ingredients except bi-carb soda Add melted butter. Stir in soda mixed with boiling water. Place in spoonfuls on greased tray. Cook in moderate oven about 20 minutes. Allow to cool. Store in airtight container.

23 April 2007

Window washing wonder

Well I gave in this morning and washed the windows! We have major roadwork happening in our area and the dust in incredible.

I've been staring at dirty, dusty windows for weeks and today it finally got to me. I had to clean those windows and without using the hose or a lot of water.

So armed with a 4 litre ice-cream container filled with hot water and a splash of vinegar, the banister brush and the squeegee from the bathroom and off I went.

We have a lot of windows in our house and I wasn't sure I'd get through them all with just the one container. I was wrong. My method of dipping the banister brush in the water, scrubbing the window then using the squeegee to clean it off worked like a charm.

I managed to wash the two kitchen windows, two laundry windows, the three in the meals area, the three in the dining room and the huge lounge room window as well and the windows in the front bedroom with just one 4 litre container of water.

When I was finished the water went onto the garden - every little drop helps these days.

My windows are sparkling, the sun is shining through them and theirs not a dust spot or streak in sight. Boy am I happy.

16 April 2007

Homemade fun

Hannah has kept herself busy the last couple of days making a house for her Bratz dolls.

One cardboard box and some help from Dad with cutting out the windows and doors and she was happy.

She mixed up some paint for the walls (easy to make at home and very cheap) and scrounged some scraps of fabric from the sewing cupboard for the curtains and it looks really nice.

Who said we had to spend $100 on a doll house for her to play with?